Provides various combinations to satisfy your grab-&-go portable astrophotography needs. It is a precise, portable and stable celestial tracking platform for sidereal, solar and lunar tracking with automatic DSLR shutter release control.
The Star Adventurer Pro Pack (formerly known as 'Astro-Photo Bundle') includes the Star Adventurer Mount, Ball Head Adapter, Illuminated Polar Scope, Dovetail L-Bracket, Equatorial Wedge and Counterweight Shaft with 1kg Counterweight.
The Star Adventurer can attach to any standard tripod via its ¼” or 3/8” adapters. The latitude can be set by either adjusting the tilt of your tripod head to match your latitude or more accurately by using the includd Equatorial Wedge. To fit a camera to the Star Adventurer, either a tripod Ball Head is required (not supplied) or the included Dovetail L-Bracket. The Dovetail L-Bracket used in conjunction with the counterweight shaft/counterweight also allows small telescopes (e.g. Skymax-90), with a ¼-20 tripod fitting, to be used with the Star Adventurer. A small telescope and camera (using a ball head, not supplied) can be mounted simultaneously on the Dovetail L-bracket. Using just the dovetail bar from the Dovetail L-Bracket, two cameras can be mounted at the same time using two tripod ball heads (not supplied).
|Average Rating (10 Reviews): |Star Adventurer - Impressive start
Friday, 29 March 2019 | Francis
I've had my Star Adventurer Pro pack for a few weeks now. Very easy to set-up whether fully balanced with the counterweight and a small telescope or camera/lens combination. Or, with a ball head and camera for wide field use.
The polar scope is very easy to use and the alignment position of Polaris can be gained from phone apps or via the internet. I spent a little time making sure the reticule was properly aligned in daylight when I received the mount and that's helped me get trail free exposures with lenses up to 600mm. I like using the built-in 'Snap' feature with my Nikon cameras, I use an intervalometer as well for longer exposures but the 100 seconds given by the mount when in sidereal mode is superb. I've given it 5 stars and my only gripe might be the plastic polar illuminator. It works but could be better especially with its small interlocking parts.
Other features are the fast forward/backwards in RA alignment and the manually geared Dec axis - again to aid image composition. It has an auto tracking feature too but I'm yet to try this.
Fits nicely inside an old padded camera bag making it suited to grab-and-go moments. I use mine on a Manfrotto photo tripod and can be imaging in a few minutes either on the patio or at a dark site - magic.
Sunday, 17 February 2019 | Bjørn
Placed the order late on a Wednesday evening, and the shipment was sent the day after. The questions I had regarding delivery address was answered from FLO early on Thursday and they made the necessary corrections to the delivery address. So all in all very satisfied with customer support and will not hesitate to place further orders at FLO for delivery to Norway.
Sunday, 10 February 2019 | Delahaye
J'ai découvert de magasin par hasard, je cherchais un applanisseur de champ bien précis que j'ai trouvé ici et moins cher, du coup vu que je voulais également une skywatcher star adventurer et qu'en France elle est en rupture partout j'en est profité pour la commander ici, et je ne suis pas déçu livraison 3 jours et prix légèrement moins élevé qu'en France.
Je n'ai pas plus testé faute de mauvais temps mais je recommande vivement ce magasin 😉
Thursday, 27 December 2018 | Keith
Came well boxed, but the Operating manual is pretty well useless as I cannot understand the method of doing a polar alignment and the drawings of the items are not at all clear. I have however managed to get it working ( but not Polar Aligned) on the table. I have also purchased a 'Ball Joint' to hold the Cannon DLSR camera at any angle. Now waiting for some assistance with the alignment difficulty and of course a starry night sky!
Regards from ''Old Codger''
Fantastic portable bit of kit
Friday, 12 October 2018 | John
I got this as I wanted a battery operated tracking mount I could travel with. Accuracy wise, it tracked fine for 4 minutes (maximum I tried, so could possibly have gone longer) using 50mm prime on my DSLR (without tracking I'd only go for 10-12 seconds using same setup). The wedge worked fine. The polar scope was pretty much aligned out of the box (so didn't need aligning), I did do a realignment which can be a little fiddly. Only slight niggle I have is the on/off for the attachable polar scope illuminator is vary basic (disconnect the battery), but that is minor. My portable tripod has a maximum load of 8Kg, and had no problems with stability with this and the DSLR on it. Overall really happy with this product.
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 | Mohammed
Excellent shipping, packaging and delivery time. I didn't used the item yet but this review is for fisrt light optics service and matter handling which deserved 5 stars and surely in future they will be my first choice for any astronomical purchase
The best portable and inexpensive tracking mount!
Monday, 30 April 2018 | Victor
I have had this mount for a year now but because of the weather I have not used it a lot. The times I have used it, it has been a pleasure to use.
In the beginning I mounted it on a Velbon videomate 638, which wasn't really doing the job. It still worked but when I got a manfrotto 055xprob tripod I knew I had been missing out. If you know how to polar align, the this will be easy. One advice is to align it at dawn. This way you can still se the crosshairs while having you camera mounted. This way you don't have to worry about messing up the polar alignment when you put the wedge back on the mount.
Lets get to the interesting stuff!!
I normally use my crop sensor dslr with a 50mm lens, and this works very well with this mount. I also use an intervalometer so I don't have to push the shutter all the time. I can easily do 2 minute exposures, and I can very easily get to 3 minutes as well. I haven't tried with any longer focal-length lenses since I don't have any, but I have heard many people who are also using this mount to support small refractors such as the WO Zenithstar 61 and even some bigger scopes.
I would give this mount six stars out of five because I think it is a very high quality piece of equipment for the money. I have bought a cheap flightcase which I furnished so it could fit the pieces of the star adventure and I will never regret getting neither the star adventure or the flightcase!
Ideal starter kit. But make sure you have a good tripod!
Saturday, 20 January 2018 | James
It's very easy to set up, just works when you turn it on. Even though my polar alignment isn't perfect I managed 3 minute exposures with a 105mm lens with no noticeable star trailing.
Only downside is many tripods could not hold the weight of the SA, my velbon DF-40 wobbles and bends and my dad's more expensive manfrotto befree tripod cannot hold it steady (possibly the unlocked legs).
Friday, 24 February 2017 | Andrzej
I am really surprised. Mostly, the price don't come with quality and precission, but not in this case. I have had chance to test the setup today and with pretty rough alignment, I managed to get 200sec exposure with pinpoint stars in result. The only bad point is, Polar scope illuminator has no swith to turn it off.
Friday, 8 January 2016 | Jackie
I bought this so I could do long exposure wide field pictures of the Milky Way and meteor showers with a Nikon D810. First impressions are not disappointing.
I was concerned about carrying out the polar alignment but this was carried out easily using the Kochab method. Having attached my camera I was then concerned that the clutch wheel seemed to spin freely despite it being switched on. Regardless, I pointed the camera skywards and set it to a 20min exposure.
I should explain that the weather was less than ideal as it was blowing a force 6 so I wasn't expecting miracles but the truck was an adequate windbreak. After 20mins, I closed the shutter and checks the picture. Sure enough, there were pinpoints, not trails - awesome.
Downloading the picture and tweeking some contrast, clarity and luminance noise revealed a picture so packed with detail, even with a 20mm lens, I could see a spiral arm emanating from Andromeda.
So glad I came across this bit of kit, very excited for the coming year. Here's hoping for some clear skies!